When it comes to sleep apnea, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. There are three main types that should be considered. These types are central sleep apnea (CSA), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea. Being able to identify these types can give your doctor a better way to determine the right treatment plan.

Let’s take a look at these types separately.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

Central sleep apnea, also known as CSA, occurs mainly due to problems with the brain and control over breathing while you’re asleep. Central sleep apnea is known to have more to do with neurological problems as opposed to anatomical problems. Snoring is not a common symptom because the body will not breathe in the semi-conscious state.

Some symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Trouble concentrating during the day
  • Waking up with anxiety
  • Waking up in a panic

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA. It is directly caused by the tissue in your throat blocking the airway when it collapses. For example, the blockage of the tongue falling back will block the airway. 

Sometimes, breathing can be impossible. Symptoms of OSA include:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Waking during sleep
  • Snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Gasping for air during sleep

Complex Sleep Apnea

Complex sleep apnea occurs when OSA and CSA are combined. Symptoms of complex sleep apnea include:

  • Confusion
  • Cognitive problems during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Brief waking during the night

Complex sleep apnea can be very dangerous at times due to the number of symptoms. Luckily, there are treatments available. Treatment often involves the use of a CPAP machine, but more convenient methods such as snore guards are available. 

Sleep apnea treatment will most often require a neuromuscular dental professional. After all, sleep apnea can cause a rather vast range of symptoms which make it very hard to diagnose at times. We are here to help you out with all of your sleep apnea needs. 

We specialize in specialized sleep apnea treatment which makes us an excellent resource for those who need us. Visit us today or give us a call to see how we can help you on your sleep apnea journey.

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